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Meals on Wheels needs puzzle books, handwritten notes for seniors

Posted September 16, 2020 12:34 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2020 2:02 p.m. EDT

— You probably already know that Meals on Wheels of Wake County delivers hot food to senior citizens. Now, during the pandemic, volunteers are looking for more ways to lift seniors' spirits.

Meals on Wheels volunteers want to deliver word search books and notes to over 1,300 senior citizens when they drop off meals at their homes in October. Over 400 books have already been collected.

Visit Meals on Wheels of Wake County's Amazon wishlist

"As we all navigate uncertain times in this pandemic, it is important to remember that our senior neighbors are living in extreme isolation without easy access to food, healthcare and social interaction," said volunteer Kristina Boyce Weatherly. "The puzzle books and handwritten cards are a way to show that the community has not forgotten them and that we do care."

How to help

Meals on Wheels is looking for word puzzle or activity books and handwritten letters to encourage isolated seniors. All donations must be received by Sept. 30.

You can sign into your Amazon account and visit the Meals on Wheels Wake County wish list to purchase one of the $8 large print puzzle books they recommend.

Or, you can buy your own activity book and mail it to:

Meals on Wheels of Wake County
Attn: Help A Senior
1001 Blair Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603

Weatherly said over 480,000 North Carolinian seniors live isolated and alone.

"I volunteer because I want to do my part to not forget the generation that has paved the way for me," she said. "Our senior neighbors are incredible people that have worked hard, but are now part of a forgotten generation."

Meals on Wheels of Wake County has delivered over 9 million meals to homebound adults and people with disabilities. To volunteer or make a donation, visit wakemow.org.

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